December 13, 2022

Why I Close My Restaurant

San Francisco restaurateur George Mardikian tells of his immigration from Eastern Europe to the United States, and he explains how he tries to repay the warm embrace Americans have given him.
May 14, 2019

Mother Tongue

Kim O'Connell's mother is Vietnamese, and her father is American. But since she was born and raised in the U.S., her mother insisted that her daughter be "Americanized" and only speak English. Now, Ms. O'Connell believes that learning her mother's native tongue can help her connect to the other half of her heritage.
October 9, 2017

Finding Prosperity by Feeding Monkeys

Forget the cake and presents. Listener Harold Taw has his own unique birthday tradition – one prescribed by a Burmese monk. By faithfully following it, Taw believes he’s helped his family to prosper.
August 12, 2016

A Duty to Family, Heritage and Country

Ying Ying Yu has a maturity beyond her years. The 13-year old immigrant from China believes she has a duty to honor the sacrifices made by her parents, her ancestors, her teachers and her homeland.
December 21, 2015

Here Comes (the Real) Santa Claus

As a young immigrant to America, Becky Sun heard about a magical man who brings Christmas presents. Unfortunately, her parents didn’t know about the tradition, so Santa failed to visit their house. When she finally met Santa years later, he gave Sun a memorable gift.
September 21, 2015

I Believe in Philadelphia

When Sozi Tulante was only a boy, he and his family fled the Congo and found themselves in the United States, where they were able to start a new life. Mr. Tulante believes in the country that granted them political asylum, and he believes in the city that welcomed them home.
June 15, 2015

i don’t wanna be in that place anymore

I was born in Thailand refugee camp. I grew up in Thailand refugee camp and lived in there for 14 years. I have made one big decisions in my life. It was the most important decision I have ever made....
August 26, 2014

A House with No Electricity

When I was young, I used to live in the countryside with my grandma, and in a house with no electricity. In the afternoon, about 4:30pm, that house got dark. After that, everything in that house was in darkness, and...
September 4, 2013

Moving to America

It was about 10 years ago when my family and I decided to move to America. It was a dream come true. Ever since the earthquakes that stroke El Salvador in January of 2001 I wanted nothing more but to...